Over the last forty years the tax system has become much less progressive, monopolists have been given free reign, unions have been busted, the minimum wage hasn't risen, and corporate criminals have gone unpunished.
In our age of Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook, "discipline" takes a backseat to celebrity. Greatness, it seems, is whatever gets you re-Tweeted or Liked; whatever racks up the most clicks or followers.
There is a fine line between spreading awareness about an issue and actually inspiring action, but we have found that leveraging these four mechanisms have had the ability to change the outcome from "clicks" to real world action.
Something exciting is happening in the Santa Ynez Valley. Beyond its rustic beauty, exceptional climate for growing fruit, steadily improving wines, and somewhat superlative location, it now appears to be poised on the launch pad of cultural relevance.
I have to wonder how the scholar who once described so aptly the spread of ideas can ignore the broadcast power of modern tools, and the undeniable value these tools bring to growing cultural empathy and geopolitical awareness.
The problems with Congress are not just ideological, they are institutional. It has failed to adapt to the modern era. Our national challenge is cut out for millennials: On November 2, you must show the rest of us that teams perform better than solo acts.
Wall Street is our secular religion. As with more traditional beliefs, faith trumps reason. That explains our willful blindness to the obvious scam, the fantastic story told to us by billionaire bankers.